CIO Julia Raue to leave Air New Zealand

Will stay at Air New Zealand until November and has yet to decide on her next role.

Julia Raue is leaving Air New Zealand after eight years as CIO.

During that time she and her team implemented a raft of digital, mobile and online strategies that ‘disrupted’ traditional models, which their competitors tried to follow.

“My decision is purely based on a desire to broaden my industry experience,” Raue tells CIO New Zealand.

Raue is staying at Air New Zealand until November and has yet to decide on her next role.

Raue joined Air New Zealand as a contractor in 1999, then progressed to roles including /distribution and Customer Solutions Manager and General Manager Group IT Production. She became CIO in April 2007.

Raue joined the board of Television New Zealand last year and is active in mentoring senior managers in other companies.

In an earlier interview with CIO New Zealand, she shares two things are key to her group’s success.

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First is, the management team believes in technology and what it can deliver. Second, is having a team that can prove time and time again they can deliver and provide good value too.

“We look at banks, hotels, areas like casinos, hotels, universities, department stores, banks, all [industries] collecting money and moving people around,” says Raue.

“We are not stuck on any one industry… We keep a brief on what airlines are doing in a certain technology space. That is important to us but we tend not to follow, we tend to be different.”

Working with the other business units, the ICT team introduced award winning projects like grabaseat, where international deals sell out in minutes, and is now one of the most bookmarked home pages across New Zealand. The ICT team also harnessed RFID technology to cut down queues as customers without baggage can go straight to the gate, or customers can self-tag their bags.

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Air New Zealand has consistently been in the top 15 of CIO100, the annual report on the biggest ICT using organisations in New Zealand. The 2015 report says the airline has a 455- strong IT team managing more than 13,000 screens. Their key IS projects this year include the digital workplace; logistics (DORIS), revenue management and mobility.

Next: Julia Raue’s pointers for building a great career, a strong team

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